Member's Newsletter June 2011 

Contact the Board
Tel: 843 696 2688

Rosanna Krekel
Regional Director

Anna Lassiter

Sarah Digangi

Marshall Simon
Membership Director

Katie Kern
Public Relations Director

Robert Butt
Advertising Director

Natasha Shamdasani Madan
Technology Director

Linda Burnside
Co-Program Director

Michael Mitchell
Co-Program Director

In this Issue
Letter from the Regional Director
FGI in the News
FGI Student Event
FGI Member Profile
What Our Members Are Up To
Local, National & International Fashion News
Global Trade Show Calendar
Get Involved with FGI!

Regional Director's Note

Dear FGI Members: 

We get to start this month off with a Congratulations!

A congratulations to our talented and hard-working Board of Directors and you, the Charter Members of FGI in Charleston…

The congratulations is for winning the 2011 Merit Award for the Charleston Region at the FGI International Conference which was held for the 36 regions around the world in New York City on May 5, 6 and 7

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We were presented the award in front of the other cities represented and other distinguished guests including:  the President of the organization, Margaret Hayes; Fashion Designer, Norma Kamali; and editor of the International Fashion Syndicate, Mary Lou Luther.
We were given this award for “exemplifying what the FGI organization stands for”.  They are very proud of our achievements to-date and have high expectations for what we will continue to do. Receiving the award is all the more important since typically a region would not qualify to enter until after it was in existence for a year! For more information, see FGI News.
Also, get ready to have your names in print – the FGI International 2011-2012 Directory is going to press with a Charleston section in it, and your names and all of your business contacts which will then go out to 5,600 members around the world.  Talk about great networking opportunities!
In closing, I would like to welcome our newest FGI Charleston Members: Mariana Hay, owner of Croghan’s Jewel Box; Leigh Magar, owner and designer of Magar Hatworks; Aritina Stoia, owner and designer of Aritina vintage handbag company and Lisa Thomas, owner of Out Of Hand lifestyle shop!
Please get involved…we can only continue to do this with your support, ideas and involvement…as always, I would love to hear from you!
Fashionably yours,

Rosanna Krekel

FGI in the News

May 2011 - LowCountry Biz SC
"The Fashion Group International ® of Charleston, Inc. Receives Prestigious International Award"

FGI Student Event - June 8, 2011

Ms. Krekel, Regional Director of FGI Charleston, will be hosting a mentoring session for students of the Art Institute of Charleston.  The purpose of the event is to provide career direction to young professionals looking to find work in the fashion industries.  Each student will bring their resume, portfolio and have an opportunity to ask questions.

FGI Member Profile - Lynne Riding, Fashion Illustrator


Lynne Riding is a celebrated international fashion illustrator, painter, and academic. Born in Wales, Lynne has lived and worked in various parts of the United Kingdom and American West Coast before moving to Charleston, SC in 1999. She received her Bachelor of Arts Degree from Manchester College of Art in Manchester, UK, and her Masters in Fine Art in Painting from San Fransisco Art Institute.

As a Fashion Illustrator, Lynne's clients have included veritable forces in the fashion industry such as Vogue, Marie Claire, Marie Claire France, H&M, Marks & Spencers UK, Boots UK, the International Institute for Cotton and the International Wool Secretariat. She has been commissioned to complete work like the cover and feature pages of Marie France, large-scaled posters for H&M to be displayed in the London Underground and advertisements featuring her illustrations were made for Boots UK and Hertz USA.

Enjoying the hustle and excitement of the runway shows, Lynne was commissioned regularly by Fashion Weekly to draw at London Fashion Week. Lynne's reports from the shows have been seen in many fashion forecasts and broadsheets worldwide. A favorite commission involved a fashion repot made during the spring May holiday in St Tropez, south of France, and completed for a forecasting company in New York.

While living and working in London she also worked on a wide variety of projects ranging from adveritising and packaging, to illustrating fashion for a various corporate advertisement spreads in magazines such as Harpers, Vogue, etc, and occasionally beauty, fiction, & culinary books.

Lynne started her academic career at Falmouth School of Art in Falmouth, Cornwall, UK. Then, after ten years as a professor at the College of Charleston, Lynne moved to a full-time position at the Art Institute of Charleston, where she is busy developing the BA fashion program. As Academic Chair of the fashion program at the Art Institute, she continues to enjoy teaching the fashion drawing class, and sharing her passion and experience with the students.

Lynne's beautiful work is sophisticated, but inviting. Her upbringing, surrounded in the power and beauty of the Mid Welsh landscape, continues to inspire her art. Her work has been on exhibit at the City Gallery, the Gibbes Museum and the Corrigan Gallery in Charleston, as well as in solo exhibits around South Carolina, North Carolina, Missouri, Florida, New Mexico and California. The Corrigan Gallery on Queen St currently represents her.

Lynne continues to work on Fashion Portrait commissions developed from her experiences and finds this to be a fun and uplifting endeavor, both for her and the client. Lynne is offering a FGI members-only discount on Fashion Portrait Commissions at the special rate of $650 to $950 through August 2011. Contact her at or visit her website at to see more of her work.


What Our Members Are Up To

Annette Sandford-Lopez, Spa Director at The Spa at Charleston Place Hotel, has led the program “I Will Reflect” Melanoma Awareness and Prevention Initiative.  Visit The Spa to purchase an “I Will Reflect” bracelet, which glows every time your skin is exposed to harmful rays and every cent of the sales will go the skin cancer research at MUSC.
Julie Wheat-Wegryzynowicz, owner and designer of Cavortress, is getting ready to bring her “conspicuous classics that are perfect for fun in the sun” to a national trade show this fall.  Congratulations Julie!
Linda Goodwin Burnside, a co-Program Director on the FGI Charleston Board, received accolades recently in Columbia Metropolitan Magazine for her work on a home in Hallmark Shores, Lexington, SC. Linda enjoys a national and international reputation as a leader in the interior design industry and is the owner of LGB Interiors, based in Columbia South Carolina. Read the article here.


Michael Mitchell, interior designer and owner of Michael Mitchell Gallery, and co-Program Director on the FGI Charleston Board, was featured in the Spring 2011 issue of Charleston Mercury Magazine for his philanthropic work with the Art for Charity Event. Read the article here.

Katie Kern, founder and owner of Circa PR and FGI Charleston's Public Relations Director, was heralded as a 'fashion PR powerhouse' in an article which charted her professional growth and the start of her company featured in a May issue of Charleston Mercury. Read the article here


Local, National & International News
The Art Institute of Charleston, SC Unveils its Fashion Retail Certificate Program 

The Art Institute of Charleston, SC recently announced the commencement of a new one-year Fashion Retailing program, which will start in July this year. The program is intended for students who have career or formal education experience in fashion retailing or in a related field and who have developed a rudimentary aesthetic sensitivity and critical analysis capability as applied to fashion retailing. The program covers the spectrum of retail management and includes courses in business fundamentals, marketing and branding, sales, inventory management, textile, apparel evaluation and construction, product development and manufacturing, merchandise management and visual merchandising. For more information on the program, please contact the Admissions Department at The Art Institute on 843 727 3500.

New App or Travelling Fashonistas


Now globe-trotting fashionistas have fashion desitnations at their fingertips wherever they travel in the world, with the Fashion Nomad Iphone App. Created by Ford model and cosmetic designer, Debra Winter, the app is a guide to fashion destinations in the major fashion cities - New York, Los Angeles, London, Paris, Milan, Shanghai, San Fransisco and Sydney. It includes a concise list of indie boutiques, designer flagships, vintage stores, retail chains, and top department stores, edited by Winter herself, all organized by area so users can be 'in the know' when visting a new city. Users can expect to find both famous fashion label flagships and also reviews of lesser known areas in the city with details of some of the innovatiive designers gaining traction there. It also provides GPS distance and directions.

Winter traded the beauty world and set out across the globe consulting and helping other startups find their niche. During her travels, she found that she was always being asked for her list of shopping hotspots. That's when the idea for the Fashion Nomad Guide to Style Destinations Iphone App was born. With an incredible initial response, Winter is now considering expanding the app to more cities around the world.

Winter was so passionate about the mixing of fashion and technology that she relocated to San Francisco to immerse herself in the app development process. The app's interface was designed by Ryan Taylor of Push Studio whose quirky style creates a unique experience.

The app can be downloaded through iTunes.

Fashion Takes the Film World by Storm this Summer

Fashion and film have always been cozy bed partners, but now fashion stories are taking the film world by storm. The success of The September Issue and Valentino: The Last Emperor seem to have started a trend and fashion-lovers have three new fashion documentaries to look forward to this summer.

For avant-gardists: This Is My Dream: The notoriously publicity-shy Japanese designer, Yohji Yamamoto, is already the center of attention this year, partly because 2011 marks the 10-year anniversary of his Y-3 line for Adidas. In addition to his retrospective at London's Victoria and Albert Museum (running through July 10), he is also the fascinating subject of Theo Stanley's new documentary, 'This is my Dream'. The 30-minute film follows Yamamoto from Tokyo to New York during the creation process of the Y-3 Spring/Summer 2010 Collection, promoting the brand, but also giving viewers rare insight into the designer’s thoughts, such as: "I was born in Tokyo, after bombs. So maybe this is my root, a ruined Tokyo. This dark side of the life is attractive for me, forever, from the beginning." Watch the trailer at

For street style fans: Bill Cunningham: New York: The now prolific, 80-year-old, New York Times photographer Bill Cunningham, gets the credit he deserves in this new documentary by Richard Press. Starting with US Vogue editor Anna Wintour saying "we all get dressed for Bill," the documentary chronicles Cunningham's work for 'On the Street' and 'Evening Hours' in the New York Times’ Style section and moves to capture his personal life and inspiration process, too. Watch the trailer at

For romantics: L'Amour Fou: "Fashion fades, love is eternal:" this is the theme of the documentary on one of fashion's greatest love stories, between renowned French designer, Yves Saint Laurent, and his business partner, Pierre Bergé. Launched to great success in France last year, the movie has finally made it abroad, opening in several American cities this month. Find out more at

Global Trade Show Calendar

Shanghai, CHINA
China Footwear Leatherware Expo - June 1 - 3

Dallas, TX
Dallas Apparel and Accessories Market - June 2 - 5

London, England, UK
Pulse Trade Show (Gifts and Interiors) - June 5 - 7

Atlanta, GA
Atlanta Apparel Market - June 9 - 12

Hair Expo Australia - June 11 - 13

Los Angeles, CA
D & A - June 13 - 15

Florence, ITALY
Pitti Uomo (Men's Wear) & Pitti W (Women's Wear) - June 14 - 17

Shanghai, CHINA
ShanghaiTex 2011 (textile industry) - June 14 - 17

Los Angeles, CA
Transit (the LA Shoe Show) - June 14 - 16

Milan, ITALY
Milano Moda Uomo (men's ready-to-wear) - June 18- 22

Get Involved with FGI!

FGI is looking for the following people to help us on a volunteer basis:

  • FGI Photographer
  • FGI Videographer
  • Regional Director's Assistant
  • Advertising Committee Member

Each month we will profile what each of the teams is working on so you can decide if your talents best fit here and you would like to become more involved in the organization.

Advertising Committee
The advertising committee works to ensure FGI of Charleston's advertising and awareness in the community is in line with our mission and image.

Responsibilities include: building and refining our advertising strategy, conceptualizing and designing advertisements for print, web and new media platforms, integrating key concepts into all messages, graphic design, designing flyers for events, writing copy and taglines and providing material for the public relations committee for inclusion in the media. This committee works very closely with the public relations and web committee so that the communications message for the FGI brand in consistent across all platforms.

If you are interested in volunteering on this committee or for any of the other positions above, please contact us at


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